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^^^ That's my fave sporting Rolex right there.  Very nice indeed.

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^ +1

The ND Sub is a fine looking watch. I'd like to get one eventually. *sigh* so many watches to get, so little funds frown.gif
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Yeah, love my week old Sub

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Wurger - yikes. What a situation.

RFX45 - the SubC is quite nice. Love it.

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Nice panda , RP

Foo. I also own a 5001 but agree with stitch there are prettier autos out there. I unfortunately like stitch am too lazy to prove it
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Nice panda , RP

Foo. I also own a 5001 but agree with stitch there are prettier autos out there. I unfortunately like stitch am too lazy to prove it

I think the 5000-series movements are distinguished from the competition by their extremely elegant, open bridge work. The gearing is more exposed than you'll find on any automatic I can think of. The rotor is spectacular, designed as an object unto itself. Compare to contemporary automatic movements from JLC, which are distinctly more workmanlike in design and generally not very nice to look at.

There are more classically ornate automatic movements, but it's been said by people far more expert than I that IWC finishing is just as precise and refined as the best of any manufacture's. Walt Odet is a big fan.
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Thanks gents.  Wrist pics as requested.


orig.jpgorig.jpgorig.jpg Initial impression is that it won't be an issue getting this under the cuff of most of my dress shirts.
This watch was doing nothing for me until it got on your wrist, where it looks great. Funny how that works sometimes.
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A few other contemporary automatics to compare:

Patek 324


Audemars Piguet 3120


Jaeger LeCoultre 899
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I agree that the Port's movement is fantastic, but I think impressive is a better descriptor than beautiful.  It's huge, and fills up the caseback unlike any other automatic movement that I can think of.  In that way, I think it's true to the Portuguese's origins as big watches with big, pocket-watch movements.  The effect of having a case sandwiched by expansive crystals covering the movement and the dial is unique. 

 

Not sure what comparisons you're drawing between the IWC and the PP, AP, and the JLC.  I find the movements in the PP and AP more beautiful and more ornate, but arguably less impressive than the IWC.  I agree with you on the JLC's movement--a bit dull looking. 

 

Mafoofan--curious what your views are on the newish Port. chronograph with in-house movement. 

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I can't speak for Foo but I love the new Port chrono. Improvement over the original in every way -except price of course. Wish the silver dialed one had blued hour and minute hands though.
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Where are the Piaget ultra thin automatics?
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Where are the Piaget ultra thin automatics?

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Funny you should post that, as I was about to ask if you would consider micro-rotor autos to be in the same category as full rotor autos, when considering the prettiest auto movement. I am unsure, personally.
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^^^ That's my fave sporting Rolex right there.  Very nice indeed.

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The ND Sub is a fine looking watch. I'd like to get one eventually. *sigh* so many watches to get, so little funds frown.gif
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Yeah, love my week old Sub
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RFX45 - the SubC is quite nice. Love it.

 

*sigh*....sub love...:inlove:..one day, probably some time after Wraith.

 

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...consider micro-rotor autos to be in the same category...

 

If so, then maybe:

 

 

If not, then surely...

 

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I think the 5000-series movements are distinguished from the competition by their extremely elegant, open bridge work. The gearing is more exposed than you'll find on any automatic I can think of. The rotor is spectacular, designed as an object unto itself. Compare to contemporary automatic movements from JLC, which are distinctly more workmanlike in design and generally not very nice to look at.

There are more classically ornate automatic movements, but it's been said by people far more expert than I that IWC finishing is just as precise and refined as the best of any manufacture's. Walt Odet is a big fan.


Despite being the largest automatic movement (IIRC) and esthetically pleasing, they are one of the worse in terms of accuracy. I love the look of the Portuguese 7 days but eventually I sold off the piece due to the poor accuracy (runs 5-10 mins fast after a few days).

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